This is the question that thousands of people now want to, need to, must know the answer.
Did the two goals Stoke City scored from Rory Delap throw-ins in a 3-2 defeat to Everton on September 14, 2008 directly lead to Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley ceasing trading as investment banks on September 21, 2008?
In other words, did a Seyi Olofinjana strike and Phil Jagielka own goal spark the 2008 global recession?
A dissertation into this theoretical study – aka, Blissful Ignorance: the Butterfly Effect’s place in Chaos Thory – has been completed by George, a student at the University of Aberdeen, and a photograph has gone viral on social media.
“Eh?” replied Delap, now a Stoke coach. “Will I get a doctorate for that??”
In less than a day, a photograph of George with his completed work ready to submit had more than 18,000 likes on Twitter.
Stoke fans are keen to read the 12,498-word essay.
“Would love to see this,” said Ant Bunn.
“I think this needs to be made public,” said Tom Thrower.
“Any chance you can publish this?” asked Nicolas Buxton.
George has confirmed “it’ll be published when marked”.
In the mean time, his work is already inspiring memes and jokes.
Yet only today, Tony Pulis has admitted that he didn’t know about Delap’s weapon until after he signed him from Sunderland – and only found out by accident.
The former Stoke boss told That Peter Crouch Podcast: ““We found out that Rory could throw the ball (when) the lads were having a competition. Rory picks this ball up and throws it to the back post. I’ve never seen anything like it. He threw it flat – it was just flat.
“So anyway, we pulled Rory and I said to Rory, ‘how long have you had that long throw?!’ He said, ‘I was javelin champion in school’. It just went from there. We used it as a wonderful weapon. If you look at Liverpool now, Liverpool have got a throw-in coach. At the time, when we were using Rory, we were getting abuse.
“As soon as I saw him throw it in, I thought, ‘Right, we can use that’. If he can do that eight-nine times a game, it’s like having eight or nine extra corners. It was ever so difficult to defend.
“I’ve never seen anybody throw it like Rory. It was absolutely fantastic for us.”